For many, Halloween means carving pumpkins, dressing up in bright costumes and trick or treating. For others, it's an excuse to walk through a pitch-black cemetery in the middle of the night. If you're in the second camp, Wicked Literature: A Halloween Theatre Festival might be for you.
From now through Nov. 6, the 4-year-old Wicked Lit festival comes to the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, presenting theatrical adaptations of six classic works of horror literature.
Audience members can choose between two distinct productions: One features adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Unnamable” and Charles Dickens’ “The Chimes.” The other includes adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Body Snatcher,” M.R. James’ “Casting the Runes” and Mark Twain’s “A Ghost Story.”
Created by Paul Millet, Jonathan Josephson and Jeff G. Rack, Wicked Lit is aimed at people looking for a more theatrical experience from Halloween. The three adapted and direct the classic works.
Though it began as a reading series, Wicked Lit has evolved into an event at which audience members are expected to walk through the mausoleum and cemetery as three separate horror stories unfold, one after the other, from just a few feet away.
“When you see these shows, you’re not sitting in a theater, in a seat, watching the actions in front of you — you are actually in the show," says Millet.
Bring comfortable shoes, warm clothing, a flashlight … and your loudest scream.
Wicked Lit, Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena. Tickets: $45 to $60. wickedlit.org.
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